A 30-year-old man identified as Haruna Sule appeared before a Iyaganku Magistrate’s Court, Ibadan for his attempt to sell his six-year-old son to raise cash for the burial ceremony of his late mother.
Haruna was paraded in court with his accomplice, Abdulfatai Quadri, 30, on a two-count charge of conspiracy and alleged attempt to sell his son on June 21 at Agbowo area of Ogbomoso.
While addressing the court, Sergeant Oriola James, the prosecutor, said the offences contravened Sections 516 and 509 of Criminal Code Cap 38, Vol. II, Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria, 2000. In his police statement, Haruna, who pleaded not guilty to the charges leveled against him, said he was at a loss as to how to raise money to give his late mother a befitting burial and contacted his friend Quadri to find a willing buyer for his son Saka Sule.
Haruna said his friend Quadri found a buyer days later but it turned out that the buyer reported their attempt to sell Saka to the police which landed both of them in trouble.
While delivering her judgement on the bail application, Chief Magistrate Taiwo Oladiran before adjourning the case to August 31 for further hearing, granted the accused N100,000 bail with two reliable sureties in like sum.